Can you believe it?
Road, rail, air and now the sea! Your favourite beachtown, Goa is just a ship away. The active sea route between Mumbai and Goa, which got defunct a few years ago, is expected to be revived by early 2017. Reports suggest that a ferry service between Mumbai and Goa will be resumed by April 2017. The last voyage took place 26 years ago.
No, not the rundown ships which take you to Alibaug. If rumours were to be believed, there is a buzz that well equipped air conditioned luxury liners will be deployed for the same. Each to have a capacity of 200-300 passengers. What are you waiting for? Get your hats out!
The ship will begin its journey from Mumbai ports making pitstops at Dighi in Raigad, Dabhol and Jaigad in Ratnagiri district, Vijay Durg and Malvan before docking in Panjim. Soak into the stunning views of Konkan coast as the trip from Mumbai shores to Panjim will take 7 hours.
The Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) and Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB) are evaluating proposals from various shipping companies who have shown interest in starting the service. There is an exceptional growth in the number of passengers. We see no reason why this dream can’t come true.
However, having said that port authorities in Goa had made a similar announcement last year. The catamaran services were to be started by end of 2015. Though nothing concreate has fructified in the last two years.
Going by government authorities past record, it may still be too soon to start celebrating. We suggest, keep your fingers crossed and hope to arrive in Goa with a tan.